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Sharlotte Ada Sarvis Neely

The daughter of John Reynolds Sarvis and Elizabeth Prince Sarvis, Sharlotte Ada Sarvis Neely was born on February 13, 1853 in Allsbrook, Horry County, South Carolina and had ten siblings. She married Joseph E. Neely, and they had three out of five children who survived: Joseph Bowden Neely, Sr., Ada Catherine Neely Young (the twin of Oliver Neely who died in infancy), and Ruth Beatrice Neely Rogers. Her only surviving son is named for both her husband, Joseph, and one of her brothers, Bowden Sarvis, who died in a sawmill fire. She and her husband are probably buried in unmarked graves in the Pleasant Meadow Baptist Church Cemetery in Horry County near her Sarvis relatives. Where, when, and how did she die?

Through her mother Sharlotte was of French Huguenot and English descent. Sarvis is a coatal Carolina Native American surname. Her great-granddaughter Sharlotte Neely Donnelly is named for her.

An important point about American Indian (Native American) DNA ancestry should be made. Anthropologist Mary Helms created the term “colonial Indian tribes” in the 1960s to refer to societies which originated as recognizable entities only as a direct result of colonial policies. Colonial tribes are often a racially mixed people that over time became identified more with their Indian ancestry rather than their African or white ancestry. These groups are culturally Indian while ultimately having little, if any, Indian DNA. Colonial tribes include groups as diverse as the Miskito Indians of eastern Nicaragua (whom Helms studied); various Amazon tribes in Brazil; the Lumbee Indians of North Carolina; the Black Seminoles of Oklahoma, Mexico, and the Bahamas; and many others. The term colonial tribe attempts to get at the idea that someone can be culturally something (American Indian, for example) without being biologically something. So, it should not be surprising that someone with, for example, a Lumbee Indian ancestor would not necessarily test as having significant American Indian DNA.

Thanks so much to descendant Kay Evans for much of this information. Any errors, however, are mine alone. Please go to the "edit" link on this site with any corrections or additions.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sharlotte Ada Sarvis Neely (13 Feb 1853–unknown), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5131969, citing Pleasant Meadow Baptist Church Cemetery, Loris, Horry County, South Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Sharlotte Neely Donnelly (contributor 19199118) .